Like the Kentucky Vintage, the Johnny Drum brand is owned by the Willett family and made in the heart of the Bluegrass, Kentucky’s famous bourbon country.
Johnny Drum attempted to join a regiment in his home state to fight in the US Civil War, but was too young (i.e. under 18). However, he managed to find another regiment to take him on, but only if he became a drummer boy, which meant his age didn’t matter. Returning home after the war to become a farmer, he turned his excess corn to good use by producing bourbon. His was evidently a good one, for it was declared the “finest sippin’ whiskey” in Kentucky.
10% of the revenue from this American Prairie Reserve goes to the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, which is an attempt to create the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states. This expression is a mix of a 6 year bourbon and 10 year old bourbons, both with mashbills of corn, rye and barley malt.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Honey and blackcurrant. Grapefruit? Spice. A rather un-bourbon-like nose.
Palate: Soft and a little indistinct at first, then honey and lemon, then the spice, chilli, citrus and vanilla all hit and remain through to the long lingering finish.
Retails for around £40-45